Keeping your kids' toys organized can seem like a never-ending and impossible-to-win battle. While we don't recommend taking the advice of one of our friends — who recently decided she might as well throw away all of her two toddlers' toys, since "they only wanted to play with the iPad anyway" — we get that keeping your house uncluttered and cute in a toy-filled zone is a tough job. That's why we tracked down 11 real kid's rooms that provide some direction on how to make all that stuff look attractive to you, your kids, and any visitors who might dare to visit. Keep clicking to learn how living with toys can be done stylishly (we swear it's possible!)
Suzie Boluarte of Project: Party Perfect knew just what the theme for her son Caiden's second birthday should be. "We live near a small airport, and he loves going to the observation deck," Suzie says. "It's on the tarmac, and he gets an up-close experience seeing small planes and private jets take off and land."
Suzie took that love of planes and created an inventive party full of high-flying clouds, crafts, and cute treats. "Because it was homemade and not a commercially licensed, themed party, it was a lot easier on the wallet," Suzie says. "I got to mix and match products and choose my own color theme with a budget." Budget-friendly, DIY, and adorable? Sounds like a party we can get on board with!
Many a chic mama has made the mistake of investing in a minimalistic rocker before her baby's born, only to realize that epic newborn breastfeeding sessions and a hard plastic shell do not mix. But don't worry: you can have both modern style and comfort in a rocker or glider! We found eight gorgeous options from companies like Dwell Studio, Serena & Lily, and Layla Grayce that look completely contemporary but are cushy enough for hours of baby snuggling. Keep clicking to find your favorite.
No longer does creating the perfect boys' nursery involve painting the walls blue and choosing a bedding set featuring monsters, dinosaurs, or astronauts. As proof, check out the amazingly stylish real kids' rooms we've discovered this year (check out our favorite girls' rooms, too!). From woodland themes to vintage-inspired chalkboard art, from chic chartreuse accents to globally sourced goods, these little boys' rooms offer some serious design inspiration.
Continually finding new, creative ways to engage your children can be a challenge, to say the least. Who has time to come up with a cool craft project or an exploration game (let alone shop for the materials involved) when you have work, laundry, and life piling up all around you? A modern mom needs all the help she can get, and the following 10 subscription services are here to help. Not only does each come stocked with activities, craft projects, toys, and educational info that your lil ones will love, but because you subscribe, you only have to buy it once and a new shipment of awesome entertainment will arrive at your door each month. We're a little enamored with the minds who dreamed up BabbaBox, Kiwi Crate, and dad-centric Cooper & Kid, and after you check them out, you will be too!
Regardless of whether you're a Hello Kitty fan or not, we're betting you're going to love this second birthday party, thrown by wedding and event planner Gloria Wong for her daughter Taylor's second birthday. "Taylor is a big Hello Kitty fan (as am I), so we decided to use Hello Kitty as our inspiration for the party," Gloria says.
Although the famed cat features heavily in this party on top of the cake, on cookies, and through the use of her iconic bows (guests were each given one to wear as a headband or bow tie; can you say "adorable?"), Gloria's stylish take on the theme feels totally modern — think of it as kiddie minimalism. While we definitely give this soiree's decor two thumbs up, the day's most important critic, 2-year-old Taylor, had one favorite party element. "She loves singing 'Happy Birthday' to herself on a daily basis," Gloria says. "So, to have a captive audience that sang along with her just sent her over the moon." Keep clicking for more sweet details.
Who said tights are just for girls? Certainly not Brit brand Little Titans, which launched a line of tights made just for boys ages 0-3 late last year. Founder Carly Hardy loved dressing her first-born Matilda in baby tights, but when little brother Kit arrived, Carly found there was no little-boy equivalent — and "'Tilda's old polka dots and candy stripes didn't quite fit the bill." So Carly designed her own line of quirky boy tights, made from high-quality combed cotton and featuring creative designs made to "feed little imaginations." Current designs include superhero- and footballer- (that's a soccer player, for non-Anglophiles) inspired tights, along with striped green, gray, and blue tights with contrast-color knee pads. Each pair features nonslip soles, sells for around $23, and comes in the cutest little box we've ever seen (seriously, these have baby shower gift written all over them!).
So what do you think? Can you get on board with tights for little boys? Or should girls have a monopoly on that particular clothing category? Weigh in below.
Source: Little Titans
Etsy might not be the first stop you think of when you're shopping for kids clothes, but we found six adorable shops that will change your mind. Carrying everything from hipster baby leggings to sweet, girlie dresses, these retailers prove that with a little digging (don't worry, we did it for you!), you really can find almost anything and everything for kids on Etsy.
Work it! One of the biggest dilemmas expectant mamas face is how they'll dress their growing bumps for nine (almost 10) months. There's certainly no shortage of cute maternity clothes these days, but it's how the clothes are styled that make a pregnant mama feel like a hot mama-to-be. We've rounded up 100 of our favorite celebrity maternity looks for a little pregnancy style inspiration. Check them out!
"For my little guy's birthday, there was never any question about the theme: fossils!" says Gretchen Brittain, mom of three and the creator of adorable party printables shop Three Little Monkeys. "Zach is obsessed with dinosaurs. Obsessed. But not the cartoon variety. He digs real fossils, and we've watched so many documentaries I can identify just about every fossil. OK, not quite every fossil. But close."
Gretchen used Zach's love of fossils and her own addiction to all things vintage to create one of the coolest little-boy parties ever, styled to feel like an old fossil excavation site with a vintage map backdrop, replica fossils, and old books, trunks, and camping gear. Add in activities including fossil identification and a dino dig and yummy treats like homemade "rock" cupcakes, fossilized dino egg cupcakes, and cretaceous cake pops, and you have one dino-rific party!
Source: Three Little Monkeys Studio
Whether you're sick of spending too much money on your kids' snacks or worry about what all of those unidentifiable ingredients are doing to their little bodies, we have the solution for you! Make your own homemade versions of your child's favorite snack. Whether they're crazy for Goldfish, sweet on Nutter Butters or Oreos, or wild for Pop-Tarts, we have a recipe that will make you feel better about serving up those snacks on a daily basis. Keep clicking to find your favorite snack substitute.
We enlisted the help of some of our favorite moms — our POPSUGAR editors — to reveal what they're hoping for this Mother's Day. Summer getaways seem to be on the brain for many of us, with weekend bags and cover-ups making our lists, but the perennial favorites of rest and relaxation (and, of course, jewelry) are also high on all of our wish lists. Keep clicking to see what our editors really want this Mother's Day — and to check out some pics of our impossibly cute kids (if we do say so ourselves!).
Here at POPSUGAR Moms, we've designated May as our official nursery month. While we're always on the lookout for beautiful, inspiring nurseries and kids' rooms, we'll be especially focused on bringing you the very best in kid-friendly decor inspiration over the course of the next few weeks. To kick off all of our upcoming nursery coverage, we've rounded up 50 of our all-time favorite spaces designed especially for little people. Click through, and we can almost guarantee that you'll find a favorite (or two, or three . . . )
Have an awesome kids room of your own you'd like to share? Feel free to send it our way!
We've loved Busy Philipps since her days on Dawson's Creek, but we've fallen for the Cougar Town star even more in the last few years as she's proven her mama mettle — and kept us laughing both on the small screen and on Twitter with her hilarious revelations about parenthood (daughter Birdie is 4), pregnancy, and everyday life.
Now expecting her second daughter, Busy has stayed true to her boho-glam style while sporting a baby bump, despite having a more difficult pregnancy this time around. "I thought this pregnancy would be like the first one and be easy, but it's been completely different," Busy told Us Weekly. "I’m even losing my voice because I have acid reflux! It's so gross. Your body is just hijacked. It's gross." Well, Busy, you might feel gross, but we think you look great! Keep clicking to check out her best looks since announcing her pregnancy in December.
We've all heard of swollen feet during pregnancy — a not-so-surprising side effect considering they're supporting all that extra weight — but your feet are not the only body parts that can retain fluid while you're expecting. We've all seen a pregnant woman who looked so fluid-filled you kind of wanted to stick a pin in her to see if she'd pop (or maybe you were one of those women?), but water retention can hit less obvious places as well.
It's a condition that doesn't discriminate — during her previous pregnancy with baby Maxwell, Jessica Simpson tweeted about her swollen lips, saying it may have been the first stage of "pregnancy face," a side effect that Bethenny Frankel dealt with by massage and putting bags of frozen veggies on her face. "I’m a swollen beast. My face exploded . . . I look like a chipmunk,” she tweeted while expecting daughter Bryn. Keep reading for 8 less talked-about body parts that can make for an often uncomfortable, and sometimes unsightly, pregnancy and postpartum experience.
"I am so grateful for my amazing mom," says Mercedes Papalia of Darling and Daisy. "She has given me everything, from the best relationship advice and cooking skills to tons of creative talents and some pretty darn good genetics (if I say so myself!). When Mother's Day rolls around, I like to find new ways to say 'thank you, Mom.'" We think Mercedes did a pretty amazing job with this whimsical bash, full of her mother's favorite treats combined with Spring-celebratory decor. We can't pick a favorite from the thoughtful details. Birdhouse cake displays? Terra-cotta cupcake holders? Everything is beyond cute and would work equally well for a baby shower or little girl's birthday party. Keep clicking to check out this stylish, delicious Mother's Day party!
Source: Darling and Daisy
Looking for a Mother's Day gift for a mom who loves to cook? We have you covered with the following eight cookbooks, each beautiful and rich enough to please even the pickiest mom-chef. From Gwyneth Paltrow's ode to clean eating (the recipes are seriously delish; we've tried them!) to Curtis Stone's clever, night-of-the-week cooking guide, each cookbook presents its own take on family meals in a lovely fashion. Check them all out now, then pick the one right for the "yummy mummy" in your life!
You're a mom, but if you're anything like us, Mother's Day feels more like a time to celebrate the woman who raised you than a time to hint around for gifts (though, admittedly, a few gifts would be nice). If you're looking to do something beyond the usual flowers-and-card routine, we've got some great ideas for new traditions that will last for years to come. From an annual girls' retreat to a standing date to learn all her secrets, these ideas will make Mother's Day more special for both you and your mom.
We've yet to meet a kid who doesn't love sprinkles (one little girl was so obsessed, her mom planned a whole sprinkle-themed birthday party!), but why go for the typical ice-cream-and-sprinkles combo? We found 16 inspired sprinkled sweets, ranging from pancakes and popcorn to Rice Krispies Treats and fudge to cookies and cakes. Click through to see them all: we guarantee you'll be craving sprinkles by the end!
We've yet to meet a kid who isn't a fan of the classic chocolate chip, but why not add some more creative recipes to your cookie repertoire? We tracked down 15 delicious cookies incorporating beyond-the-basics ingredients ranging from the healthy (mango, cashew, and granola) to the totally decadent, including marshmallow filling, cake batter, Nutella, and even banana-cream pudding! Keep clicking to find your kids' next favorite cookie!